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RE: 1993 Ford E350 Tioga Class C

There is some stuff called "mechanic in a bottle", it does work but its like an oz for each gallon. As was said above find the fuel line and then fab up a small tank to run this stuff to get the gen working. Also said it can be used direct to open up the fuel ports etc. Got it at home depot for my portable gen that sits a lot.
Hank85713 10/07/19 04:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for a preowned Class C

look at craigslist from all over the state. Bought ours off CL saved over 30K over a new one plus since private seller no sales taxes. It was a 12 model we bought in 13, 4000miles on it 25 gen hours. Just be sure to really look at whatever we drove from tucson to prescott to check it out 1st put a down payment to hold and then picked up 10 days later. They are out there just have to look, our is a winnebago aspect (B+) as I did not want a over cab sail since its just the 2 of us. Also will depend on how old you will go so do some looking all over 1st, then look at neighbor states, NM, colo,ut etc.
Hank85713 09/25/19 12:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Electric vehicles. Small diesel generator to charge??

Just read that Mazda is going to unveil an electric car with possibly a small ROTARY engine to run a generator, but not the car. Engine is to be small and LIGHT as it will feature almost all aluminum construction. This is to happen at tokyo motor show soon.
Hank85713 09/25/19 11:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help with a value please! Looking to purchase...

the 7.3 while it was a good engine has many issues with it and will have some due to age. leaking bellows on the exhaust, might have a bad HPOP injectors could need R&R. Like you I searched for a diesel found a couple but the coachs were not suitable to the wife. So if ya can get a scanguage and take the rig for a good test drive with it installed (obd port) check for codes and anything else it shows. Actually you need to find someone with knowledge on the 7.3 to look over the eng/trans to help ya decide if its the deal you think it is. My BIL has had several but bought the infamous 6.0 and said he would never go back to the 7.3. Its only advantage performance wise was mileage was better. He made his living as a logger and has worn out a lot of vehicles I can remember his 6.5 and the later PSD's. Another issue with the 7.3 is cab and external engine NOISE so just be aware.
Hank85713 09/14/19 07:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Flat towing a Mini Cooper

when we bought our rv, the guy selling it was towing a cooper coachman I think (the station wagon type). Said it was not to be towed but that he was able to get the mounts for it from roadmaster. this was back in '13 so dont know about them since. We have a 13 hyundai elantra manual trans we tow. good room, rear seats fold 150hp direct injection engine. Good little car, tows well as it has a wide stance and adequate wheel base. weighs in around 2800 lbs. So if you want a small light car with some room this is my recommendation. I would advise against the smaller accent, versa and stuff like that as folks I know who own them (not towing) say they are greatly under powered and generally not very roomy. they are about same size as th fiat maybe a little bigger?
Hank85713 08/24/19 10:29am Dinghy Towing
RE: Dinghy Tow Car - Kia Soul

We have an elantra and if its like mine you better install a charge line or it will kill the battery. We found ours with a dead battery after towing to van horne tx, ended up having a friend help install a charge line and no problems since. Kia is owned by Hyundai much like to old ford mercury setup, just that kia spends more on tv ads to sell their cars!
Hank85713 08/10/19 10:10pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tires For E450

I just this summer put 4 on the back of our rig. Got them from discount, the michelin had separated and was causing a thump. They were also cheaper than the michelens and had same load rating and mileage etc. They were Bridgestone Duelers. Put about 3000 miles on them already and they still doing good, no squirm or anything.
Hank85713 08/04/19 10:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 1999 fleetwood gas

Get a vehicle that meets YOUR needs. Do you need 4x4 or 4x2 ok? How old do you want at the max. Sure lotsa jeeps out there being towed but how many are actually needed for off road etc? Maybe a midsize will be more fitting, jeeps weigh what 4000+ most rv's have weight limit of 5K pull, some less. No I am not knocking jeeps but be realistic on your needs, just because some have them does not mean they will be your vehicle. Wife road in 1 as we looked said not comfortable at all! We tow a 2013 Hyundai Elantra, good wide wheel track, good wheel base and less than 3000lbs. It is however a manual trans so again know what ya want/need and go from there.
Hank85713 07/30/19 11:28am Dinghy Towing
RE: Handling/steering.

you dont indicate if you have rear airbags or if ya do what pressure is utilized. I would recommend new shocks, install airbags if not there and then set tire air pressure to maybe 65 front and 70 or so in rears. My unit would do same thing so played with air shock settings (use around 60psi) and tire pressures as noted. Made a big difference. Am going to replace shocks all around with monroe gas-matics and do brake job at same time. Just havent gotten around to doing it since being back home from our trip.
Hank85713 07/29/19 10:54am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2017 Thor Chateau 26B

guy I know bought 1, traded it in within 6 months. We found shoddy construction for drawers around sink (1 support broke when he drove down here from idaho) drawer sagged had to open close, couch near door had broken arm support, a lot of other things. His wife did not like the folding bed as it could not be used with slide in, very small bath. This was a brand new unit!
Hank85713 07/27/19 11:27am Class C Motorhomes
RE: What to compare in Class Cs

Since you are tairler wise, for a c you need to apply the same basic thoughts as for the trailer. The floor plan you want, although many limit you to similar fp's. Storage for most c's is an issue as they do not generally have a lot. some of the longer ones may but the main 24-28's are pretty limited. Our B+ winnebago has decent but not a whole lot. mainly some drawers under the sink, a couple slide out under the dinette be overhead storage in rear along with 3 small closets, a small pantry area and a similar size in the bath room. The over head beds in conventional c's offer extra space but they also add to some problems and may offer some issues with fuel mileage due to being a square brick up front. So yes they are something to really look at. Some outside storage bays are pretty small, some offer a large trunk area but they are behind the rear axle and they may also cause some issues just like overloading the rear of a trailer. We looked at quite a few before our purchase and all exhibited some issues relating to storage. Wife liked a jayco with the bunk beds in a slide at rear, dont know if still available or not. Also she liked the melbourne from a few years ago. I did too for the cab area (elec seats etc) So basically its a search to find what you think will be adequate for your needs.
Hank85713 07/25/19 03:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C rear end sag and banging!

look at craigslist for dal/ftw and other local areas. I saw some parts vans there with mainly frame and suspension parts. Might require a road trip on your part but...............
Hank85713 07/20/19 10:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Recommendations for House Battery Brand, Please

i got maint free batterys at sears 2 for coach and have not had any issues plus dont have to worry about putting ater in them. Got a maint free battery for the chassis from autozone again no servicing issue. They are $$ but well worth it.
Hank85713 07/16/19 06:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C rear end sag and banging!

If nothing else take measurements of the spring pacs and then research what model springs will work. Find some in a wrecking yard and have them install. The air bags should lift the rear as they are probably the 5000 lb type. You didnt say how much air is in them. I run 55-65 in mine and yes you will get occasional hard hits but nothing is a sure thing. Are you sure they hold air? Go here and ask about the springs, folks are pretty knowledgeable: https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/forum128/ Also look in some truck magazines, they have ads for springs and stuff and would be a good start on finding replacements. Dont forget new hangers and bushings. https://search.yahoo.com/search?p=rear+springs+ford+van&fr=uh3_groups_web_gs
Hank85713 07/16/19 11:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: No Spare tire correct

its not just a spare, but the jack, lug wrench et al. Out hyundai came without a spare also, but went to wrecking yard and got one, jack and all $40 out of new wreck. I think etrailer may have a storage rack for under coach storage. I also think motorhome mag had an article on installing one recently. I carry 12t bottle jack, electric impact wrench, torque wrench, and 100 psi electric compressor from harbor freigh (about $50) and a large elec cable to plug in to. but as noted the tire is HEAVY. have to use bottle jack to push up on locking bolt to loosen to let down. But have read some roadside services will not take spare out for ya?? and they do not necessarily have a spare to use and their costs for a replacement are $$$$.
Hank85713 07/15/19 06:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Keeping cool

As to cooling when parked, I read someplace a recommendation to keep slides in initially when turning the ac on. Less area to cool down, thus will cool quicker (?). Havent really tried this but sounds reasonable. Also camp world sells vent covers about same as MAxair but at lesser cost. Just have their logo on them.
Hank85713 07/15/19 06:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Proper Class C Storage

1. Is it ok to store with gas in tank with a gas stabilizer? If yes, does it matter how much gas? yes, I put stabil in at last fuel stop prior to arriving home, run generator for at least 30 mins (even while on road) with AC on. stabil says good for up to 6 months. 2. Should it be kept plugged in to the 30amp electrical outlet?, your call, winnebago says NO in their manual to keep from overcharging coach battery (s). I put maint free ones in mine and keep it plugged in. You could disconnect and put a maintainer on them. I use 3amp maintainer on mine sometimes and always on my diesel truck batterys. 3. Should batteries be disconnected? (with or without electrical supply), see #2, I do put a maintainer on the chassis battery, leave connected. 4. Should refrigerator be stored on? (Therefore needing electrical supply). Its your call no need to, just turn on a couple of days prior to use. Put box of baking soda in refer and freezer to keep smell down. Or you can put some ground coffee in a sock and put them in instead. 5. Should air conditioner be left on? (electrical supply) Again your call, maybe if in hot humid area such as the south. If dry and hot 5 gal bucket of water is recommended we used to put 2 in when stored outside (have storage shed now). Need to monitor and refill about 1x a month. Supposed to keep wood work from warping/drying out. 6. Is it important for it to be stored level? If yes, tires only or leveling jacks too? Issue if refer is left on and out of level. I leave on tires with plastic bed liner material under them. But mine is on concrete, but even if on dirt it would be beneficial. Also cover them. Check your manual on leaving the levelers down. Some say yes others no due to possible contaminants becoming lodged on the shafts. Again, thank you!!!
Hank85713 07/15/19 06:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: "Best" RV GPS Nav Systems

call garmin and see if they will take a trade in on your nuvi (supposedly no longer supported). I have rv 660 and the last update caused some issues. Getting another from garmin who 'warrantied' the current one and are sending the replacement. Keep the nuvi for a towed vehicle if ya have one, make sure to check the sale site at garmin.
Hank85713 07/11/19 05:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Decisions

we have a 28 ft winnebago B+, the 24 fts we know of leave a lot to be desired. Friend bought 1 (thor) and it basic construction was a mess. Paid a bunch and lost his butt when he traded for a used bounder. The bed had to be folded to close the slide, bathroom very small and ajacent to the bedroom. Dining are also cramped. Couch on curb side was nice but the attachments on it were not secure, overal quality very suspect. As to the sprinter types all depends on whether or not you like twin beds/couches to sleep on. Looked at a mercedes/winnebago and its Quality was also questionable. The wall sections and pieces under cabinets were already coming apart and they still wanted 6 figures for it. Just make sure as noted what is the floor plan and if you will like it.
Hank85713 07/05/19 02:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: auto door lock (coach)

Thanks guys but this is the coach door not the cab doors. The lock engages when you put vehicle in motion like the cab doors do on some. For some reason (2 times) it has locked and will not unlock. No remotes no settings. One guy on another site said to check and lube the contact pins. Both sides were free and clear but I did lube just in case. We have not moved the rig since last episode so hopefully the lube will help.
Hank85713 06/19/19 10:20am Class C Motorhomes
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